In a real life emergency, knowing a few safety tips will help you to stay calm and help yourself and others. Remember not to put yourself in danger and alert the emergency services as soon as possible. School planning will take care of your children's safety in an emergency.
In a major emergency, if you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, the best advice is to go inside a safe building, stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise, and tune in to local radio or TV for information.
Of course, there are always going to be particular occasions when you should not 'go in', for example if there is a fire, or you are advised differently by the emergency services or your own common sense.
If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, your common sense and instincts will usually tell you what to do. However, it is important to:
If you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is:
If your children are at school you will naturally want to collect them as soon as possible in the event of a major emergency. But it may not be safe to do so. Please tune in to your local radio station for advice and for details of the arrangements your local council has made for letting parents know when to collect their children from school.
All schools have plans to cope with local emergencies such as fire and flood, and teachers and support staff do all they can to look after the pupils in their charge.
Making an emergency plan will help you to be more organised and remain calm during an emergency. This checklist covers advice from making sure you have a contact list to finding out about the emergency procedures for your children at school.
To prepare for an emergency, you should take time to find out:
Download and complete the household emergency plan.
If you are at home and an emergency happens, try to gather together:
In certain very unlikely situations, you may be asked to leave your home by the emergency services. If this happens, leave as quickly and calmly as possible. And, if you have time:
First aid can treat all sorts of minor bumps and scrapes, but you should see a doctor for more serious accidents. Knowing first aid could also be life saving in an emergency before the emergency services arrive.
Your first aid kit could include:
Keep your medical kit high up and out of reach of children.
You may choose to have two kits: a large one that stays at home and a smaller emergency kit for when you go out.
The NHS website have some basic first aid advice.
For more information about being prepared in an emergency go to the official Staffordshire prepared website.
Public guidance is available in the event of firearms and weapons attacks on the NPCC website.